Following engagements at the Leicester Curve Theatre and Sadler’s Wells, a U.K. tour of the Tony-winning musical 42nd Street, directed by Jonathan Church (Singin’ in the Rain, The Drifters Girl), officially launches July 13 at Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre.
The tour, which will continue through July 22 at the Marlowe, is led by Samantha Womack as Dorothy Brock, Michael Praed as Julian Marsh, Faye Tozer as Maggie Jones, Les Dennis as Bert Barry, and Nicole-Lily Baisden as Peggy Sawyer. (The Curve and Sadler's Wells performances featured Olivier winner Ruthie Henshall as Dorothy Brock, Olivier nominee Adam Garcia as Julian Marsh, Les Dennis as Bert Barry, and Nicole-Lily Baisden as Peggy Sawyer.)
The cast is completed by Sam Lips as Billy Lawlor, with Erica-Jayne Alden, George Beet, Charlie Bishop, Kevin Brewis, Olly Christopher, Briana Craig, Jordan Crouch, Rhianna Dorris, Ashleigh Graham, Alyn Hawke, Aimee Hodnett, Connor Hughes, Deja Linton, Sarah-Marie Maxwell, Greta McKinnon, Ben Middleton, Benjamin Mundy, Anthony Ofoegbu, and Jessica Wright.
Following its run at the Marlowe Theatre, the production will visit Leeds, Bristol, Plymouth, Cardiff, Glasgow, Milton Keynes, Liverpool, Manchester, Southampton, Newcastle, Woking, Belfast, and more.
Borrowing songs from old Warner Bros. movies, Michael Stewart and
Mark Bramble wrote the book (based on the novel by Bradford Ropes and
the film of the same name) for 42nd Street, Harry Warren wrote
the music, and Al Dubin wrote the lyrics. The original Broadway
production, produced by David Merrick, opened in August 1980, playing
nearly 3,500 performances before closing January 8, 1989. The musical
was nominated for eight 1981 Tony Awards, winning two, Best Musical and
Best Choreography for Gower Champion.
This new production also has choreography by Olivier winner Bill
Deamer, designs by Olivier winner Rob Jones, lighting design by Ben
Cracknell, sound design by Ian Dickinson and Gareth Tucker, video design
by Jon Driscoll, musical supervision by Jennifer Whyte, and
orchestrations by Larry Blank.